Contempt charges: Awan tenders unconditional apology

Published: April 10, 2012

The Supreme Court, all set to indict Awan, resumes the hearing of the contempt case against him. PHOTO: RASHID AJMERI/ EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The counsel for former law minister Senator Babar Awan filed an apology letter in the Registrar Office of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

In the apology letter submitted through Advocate Ali Zafar, Awan has tendered an unconditional apology to the Supreme Court and specifically, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.

A two-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal, all set to indict Awan, resumed the hearing of the contempt case against him.

Justice Afzal observed that Awan will first be indicted and then the Supreme Court will think about the apology letter submitted by him.

The court expressed dissatisfaction over Awan’s absence in the hearing and said that today’s hearing date was decided after Awan’s earlier request.

Earlier, Advocate Zafar submitted an application in the apex court contending that Awan will be undergoing medical checkups in India till April 17 and hence should be exempted on the medical grounds from appearing before the court.

Contempt of court adjudication was initiated by the Supreme Court after Awan criticized an apex court verdict handed down on December 1, 2011, pertaining to the formation of a judicial commission to probe the Memogate scandal.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Beatle
    Apr 10, 2012 - 10:41AM

    The guy finally “Brought to the Knees”.
    Frankly, its no competence of the Supreme Court or its respect, but purely and whollly changing attitude of the government forcing him to adopt this course.

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  • true_blue_pakistani
    Apr 10, 2012 - 10:45AM

    Totally waste of SC time by the PCO judges.

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  • Umar
    Apr 10, 2012 - 10:46AM

    SC should decide exemplary punishment for Babar Awan so that no one can dare to insult Court in future!

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  • Raheem Bukhsh
    Apr 10, 2012 - 10:52AM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA,He was making the mockery of Supreme Court of Pakistan and look where he is now.

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  • Moderate Pakistani
    Apr 10, 2012 - 11:10AM

    There should be no apology for people like him! As a nation we should punish the law breakers or people would continue to do so.

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  • Apr 10, 2012 - 11:12AM

    Ya tu hona he tha. SC should show some courage and start doing decision.

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  • Indian Kashmiri
    Apr 10, 2012 - 11:26AM

    The suprem court can not gag people .Mr Awan was right in criticising PCO tainted judiciary who is hiding behind comtempt laws which should be scrapped

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  • asim
    Apr 10, 2012 - 11:48AM

    this is also a game dear just another game,its deep rooted game we cant go to its reality whats behind.

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  • Paindoo
    Apr 10, 2012 - 11:58AM

    Babar Awan can be very dangerous for Zardari Sahib because he knows ” EVERYTHING

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  • MA
    Apr 10, 2012 - 12:16PM

    Its imperative that the SC gives exemplary punishment to Babar Awan and puts a stop to this culture of making a mockery of the Law by the rich and powerful in our society, at every level.

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  • Not me
    Apr 10, 2012 - 12:32PM

    He should be held in contempt and disqualified.

    No one should pass cheap and disrespectful comments against Hon supreme Court or any court

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  • Hakeem
    Apr 10, 2012 - 2:45PM

    @Paindoo:

    He may know things, but anything that he says will backfire to himself because motive is revenge and people already know Awan is upset because of reasons known hence he will be like Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who knew things too but couldn’t cash much.

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  • Asif Butt
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:04PM

    @Indian Kashmiri:

    Please mind your own business !

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  • Zabandraz
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:14PM

    He asked for it and he deserves to be punished.Don’t let him go!!!!

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  • Qaiser K. Ahmed
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:18PM

    This man still shows arrogance . How dare he leaves the country knowing that he is required to appear in court.

    Just punish him . So others like him will conduct themselves correctly.

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  • Zulfiqar
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:51PM

    I hate this guy like anything…..

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  • SK
    Apr 10, 2012 - 4:05PM

    Babar Awan needs to be sent behind bars as a punishment, no apology should be accepted

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  • THE
    Apr 10, 2012 - 4:15PM

    @Zulfiqar: You are not alone, there are 180 million of us!

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  • Hakeem
    Apr 10, 2012 - 5:55PM

    Awan no more “blue eyed boy” of Zardari, he must be feeling the heat that’s why giving apologies!

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  • Apr 10, 2012 - 6:12PM

    still justice need to be done for his bad deeds against supreme court!! Recommend

  • WB
    Apr 10, 2012 - 6:39PM

    Awan is in India?? What kind of medical treatment is he getting there??

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  • naeem khan
    Apr 10, 2012 - 8:06PM

    It is so easy for this guy to abuse the Supreme Court of Pakistan and then apologize for his behavior, the fact is that it was done deliberately and for a reason, and now try to hoodwink the justices.This person call himself the doctor of law with a fake degree, has no credibility or respect for the law of the land. I would say that the Supreme Court should not accept his apology which is not genuine any way and should convict him and send to jail for a while and make him lose his fraudulent Senate seat.Recommend

  • dpd
    Apr 10, 2012 - 10:56PM

    ‘medical checkups in INDIA?????? Why not in Pakistan????

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  • Asif Butt
    Apr 11, 2012 - 2:23AM

    @dpd:

    Although Awan has dramatic motives , but it can not be denied that Indian doctors have a good international reputation and India is rich with various alternative medicine cures.

    So it aint bad for someone to explore the medical options in India .

    ( b.t.w I’m NOT an Indian )

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Apr 11, 2012 - 10:05AM

    Wow what the policy of PPP’s officials/representatives that first contempt and disobey Supreme Court’s decisions and when you see that you are going to disqualify then submit apology application and announce before the nation thru media that we always obey,follow and respect Supreme Court’s and its decisions.

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